Current situation

Fires in the Garner Complex in Josephine County have burned close to a 1,000 acres since Sunday. ODF Incident Management Team 2 has taken command of the Complex to allow the Southwest Oregon District to focus on dozens of other lightning-sparked wildfires. While temperatures in many parts of Oregon won't be quite as hot today, conditions are drier than normal for this time of year. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 99% of Oregonians live in areas that are abnormally dry or in moderate drought, with southeast Oregon already in severe drought.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx





Thursday, August 15, 2013

Douglas Complex Fire Update - Aug. 15, 2013

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Dennis Sifford, Incident Commander
Phone Numbers: 541-832-0136; 541-832-0137
Douglas County Information Number: 888-459-3830
Hours of operation: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

August 15, 2013, 8:00 am

Current Situation: Crews are in the middle of a multiple day burnout plan that is focused on creating a black “rind” around the most troublesome portion of the fireline. Burnout activities will continue to produce smoke in the local area today. Meanwhile, fire fighters continue to extinguish all hot spots along the perimeter and within the interior portion of the fire. Patrol and holding of fire lines continues throughout the complex. Handheld and aerial infrared patrols along the perimeters are detecting hotspots to aid mop up crews.

Rabbit Mountain – 23,449 acres
The southwest corner and western flank of the fire around Riffle Creek and Bear Creek continue to be the most active front of the fire. Crews will be working to construct containment lines in this area. Crews in other areas of the fire will strengthen firelines and extinguish hot spots. Burnout operations will be occurring over the next several days to complete control objectives.

Dad’s Creek – 21,986 acres
The southwest portion of the fire continues to burn near the rugged areas of Reuben Creek where fireline is still being constructed. Crews will be taking advantage of less active fire behavior to reinforce firelines in these areas. Containment lines in the Rattlesnake Creek, Dry Creek and Poorman Creek areas continue to be strengthened to secure homes.

Weather: The seasonally normal weather conditions are aiding fire fighters with the burnout operations. Weather forecasters are expecting a drop in daily temperatures as the week progresses, which will aid fire fighters working on mop-up activities.

Evacuations and Closures: remain the same

• Cow Creek Road from Riddle into the fire area and from Glendale into the fire has been closed except for residents. The National Guard will be conducting traffic control at the road blocks to limit public interference with firefighters working in the area.
• The Level 2 evacuation remains for McCullough Creek Road, Reuben Road, and Mt. Reuben Road in Douglas County and Lower Grave Creek, Grave Creek, and Lower Wolf Creek in Josephine County.
• Glendale is at a Level 1 evacuation.
• The area from the community of Wolf Creek to Watertank Gulch is at a Level 1 evacuation.
• Residences in the area are still considered threatened. This means evacuations could be necessary at some point in the future. Any official evacuation orders would be issued by the Douglas County or Josephine County sheriff’s offices.

Public Safety/Prevention: Firefighters are contending with the following hazards: falling boulders, falling trees, old mine shafts, and narrow roads which are affecting access into some of the fire area. Values at risk include: homes, commercial timberland, and critical wildlife habitat. To date, no homes have burned, but two outbuildings been lost. Seven minor injuries have been reported.

Douglas Forest Protective Association has increased prevention restrictions for both industry and the public. Check www.dfpa.net before commencing your activities.

Fire Statistics:
Location: 7 miles north of Glendale, OR
Percent Contained: 55%
Complex Size: 45,698 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/26/13
Total Personnel: 2,338
Estimated cost to date: $ 42,114,023

Resources Include: 63 Type 2 hand crews, 4 Type 1 hand crews, 78 engines, 17 dozers, 30 water tenders, numerous overhead personnel, and National Guard resources.

Air Resources: 5 Type 1 helicopters, 4 Type 2 helicopters, and 3 Type 3 helicopters

Places to get more fire information:

Douglas Forest Protective Association -www.dfpa.net
Twitter - www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
Facebook - www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
InciWeb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3559/
Douglas Complex Photos – To view: http://tinyurl.com/DouglasFire2013
ODF PIO Blog - http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/.
ODF Southwest Oregon District - www.swofire.com
Air Quality – www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com


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